In celebration of Mandela Day on 18th July, the Shoprite Mall Centre Management in Port Elizabeth along with their tenants, are giving back 67 minutes to their local community as well as assisting those less fortunate than themselves. Two initiatives are being undertaken on Thursday, one in the Greenacres area and one supporting local street children in Korsten. As the old saying goes, charity begins at home and in this case close to home as the tenants and contractors of the Shoprite Mall will spend 67 minutes of their time cleaning up the area adjacent the taxi rank in Ring Road, Greenacres. Contractors of the mall, including Air-Tek, DMK Enterprize, Khanya Hygiene and Bidvest Magnum, Relay EMS, Wilcote and Werth While Plumbers have donated generously not only of their time but also financially to assist in these worthy causes. Their clean up will take place early in the day, from 09:30 – 10:37, before the team ready themselves for their second Mandela Day project at the ACVV Kamvalethu Drop In Centre, situated in Korsten. Translated the name of Kamvalethu means “Our future” and this is an apt name for a centre that provides not only food and clothing for street children, but sets out to assist them in getting off the streets and securing a brighter future for themselves. Kamvalethu runs daily programmes with the children and this is where the Shoprite Mall team which will include staff from Shoprite, Hungry Lion, OK Furniture, Pep, From the Kitchen, Creative Jewelers, Streetwear, Shoe Styles, Photo Doctor, King Pie, The Matador, Vodacom 4U, Signature Cosmetics, Daks, Wesley’s, 786 Cellular, Capitec, African Bank and Shoprite Mall Centre Management will be able to assist by donating and sharing a meal with the children to celebrate Mandela’s 95th birthday, starting at 13:30. “We are extremely pleased that our tenants and contractors have joined hands to support Mandela Day with us,” commented Marinda Herbst, Property Manager of Shoprite Mall. “We know . . .
SA’s Got Talent judge Shado Twala has added her voice to the Casual Day challenge for all fun-loving South Africans to make every day Mandela Day – by raising funds for persons with disabilities. The Casual Day project team are asking everyone to celebrate Mandela Day by raising funds for 67 Casual Day stickers in 67 minutes on 18 July, 2013. The over-arching objective of Mandela Day is to inspire individuals to take action to help change the world for the better – this is what Casual Day beneficiary organisations will be doing on Friday 6 September 2013, but it is never too early to start planning to dress up in the 2013 theme, which is GO BIG! “Mandela Day and Casual Day have this in common: both projects aim to empower communities everywhere. Casual Day seeks to be instrumental in seeing persons with disabilities being included fully in society as interdependent contributors to a better society,” says Casual Day project leader Celeste Vinassa. “We thank Shado Twala for coming on board as a Casual Day ambassador,” she adds. “Shado will join us as we take action; inspire change; make every day a Mandela Day.”This is the call to action of Mandela Day and individuals and organisations are free to participate in Mandela Day as they wish.” Says Shado Twala: “We are asking people to make a special effort to donate their R10 for a Casual Day sticker in honour of Nelson Mandela. Casual Day is a way for all South Africans to make a contribution to the lives persons with disabilities and for organisations giving services to persons with disabilities to empower themselves to raise funds.” Casual Day is owned by the National Council of Persons with Physical Disabilities and run in partnership with its national beneficiaries, SA Federation for Mental Health, Deaf Federation SA, SA National Council for the Blind, Epilepsy SA and Disabled People SA, South African Disability Alliance, Autism South Africa, Down’s Syndrome South Africa, The National Association for Persons . . .
Makes You Think has launched "empower Communities" their community coaching initiative. Leveraging founders Chris and Suzanne Styles many years of business and life coaching experience, Makes You Think will present mini-workshops and inspiring and motivating talks throughout South Africa. "Mind and Money Success coaching usually takes place in major metropolitan areas, this coaching is generally expensive and beyond the financial means of most South Africans. The most powerful way to change the lives of people who are struggling financially is to teach them how to change the way they think and to show them how to replace poverty consciousness paradigms with wealth consciousness paradigms." Says Chris Styles The community coaching events are cleverly tailored for learners, start-up entrepreneurs, solopreneurs, small business owners and their personnel, in fact, every person in the community who desires to learn more about how to practically create success and live a better, purposeful life! When Makes You Think come to communities to coach they makes sure that they Chris and Suzanne Styles fit in a talk at the local high school at no charge, a 2 to 3 hour interactive talk, or mini workshop at the town, or church hall. The Styles work in accordance with the Law of Fair Exchange. Practising Fair Exchange, provides fair and equitable blessings for all. The terms giving and receiving can be expanded into giving service of value to others and receiving rewards of equal value to you. People tend to place more value on the things they pay for. Payment means some designated form of exchange that fulfils an equal value in your life. In terms of the Law of Fair Exchange Makes You Think asks for travel costs to be paid in order for the Styles to come to your community and for donations upon attendance of the talk or workshops. Donations are based on what each person can afford with a minimum of R 30.00 per person. “Politicians are constantly calling for more jobs to be . . .
The Rastafarian community is shocked at the outcry about a t-shirt that was given to Major-General Vearey by his kids as a Father’s day gift. We feel that the Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Culture, Religious and Linguistic Communities need to step in and protect the Rights of the Rastafarian Community. Rasta Beat request a public apology from Mark Wiley, DA Western Cape Spokesperson for Community Safety as he announced live on Voice of the Cape a Muslim Radio Station on the 25th of June 2013 at 08h15 am that he is not happy with the t shirt and the fact that he refer to the word RASTAFARIAN that was inappropriate and the leaf that represent Dagga is a drug. “On Monday, during a public march to Parliament, General Vearey, the cluster commander in Mitchell’s Plain, wore a red T-shirt with an image of a large dagga-leaf printed on it together with the word Rastafarian,” said Wiley. “It is no secret that the Rastafarian community openly uses and promotes dagga. Dagga is a prohibited substance and for a senior police staff officer to be seen associating himself with this drug is nothing short of scandalous.” The South African Constitution Chapter 9 Functions of Commission page 96 185. (b) to promote and develop peace, friendship, humanity, tolerance and national unity among cultural, religious and linguistic communities, on the basis of equality, non-discrimination and free association, We need the Image of Rastafarian to be RESTORED with immediate effect. Dagga is a Herb it was created by the most High God it was not cooked in a lab but created by nature. We need to respect Muslims and Islam Rasta's and Rastafarian; it's practices including Dagga with tolerance for Humanity and Equality. The T-Shirt in question represents RASTAFARIAN symbols, Red Gold Green and the word RASTAFARIAN with a DAGGA LEAF. We ask for the Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Culture, Religious and Linguistic Communities to . . .
If you are wondering what you can do for your 67minutes of community work for Mandela Day on Thursday July 18 then join the Knitathon at the Three Cities Mandela Rhodes Place Hotel and Spa in St George’s Mall. The hotel has joined forces with Fair Cape Dairies to support the Little Fighters Cancer Trust and in the spirit of ubuntu is inviting everyone to come along to the Atrium at the hotel and either knit or crochet a square, donate some fabric or drop off blankets to assist those in need. The squares will then be sewn into blankets or quilts and delivered to the Trust. With View Church assisting with the making up of the blankets this is simply the easiest way to donate your time and show your respect for the man who gave up so many years of his life to fight oppression. The Little Fighters Cancer Trust was set up to relieve some of the heartache and difficulties faced by families affected by childhood cancer. Practical, individualized and fast assistance is given by means of providing what is needed in the home and in the hospital. To join our community knitathon all you need to do is bring your needles and spend your 67 minutes knitting or crocheting a 15 x 15cm square or bring fabric cut to the same size. Donations of blankets can also be dropped off at the Atrium if you are unable to join the knitters! In addition, donations of activity books and crayons would be welcomed and can be dropped off at the same time. These will be taken to the children in hospital. The Atrium will be cosy, warm and welcoming as we knit the time away and celebrate Mandela Day. With Fair Cape Dairies providing some of their delicious yogurts and the hotel providing some tasty snacks and coffee where else would you want to spend your community time? Join the team of knitters as they donate their time and effort and have a little fun as we make a difference in someone else’s life. And, to add to that, you could be in line to win a night’s stay on a bed and breakfast . . .
27 JUNE 2013 The third installment of the annual health and women focused event, She Walks - Charity Walk, roars into life in Mamelodi, Pretoria, on 29 June 2013 much larger and healthier. She walks is education drive about our health social issues. Encouraging active healthy lifestyle, standing against abuse of alcohol during pregnancy and encouraging the youth to stay active and refrain from drugs. Participants will take part in a 6km walk starting at the Central Sport Ground in Mamelodi West on Kubone Drive, to finish at Rethabile Sport Grounds in Mamelodi East (Tsomo Street). Organized and managed by Blossom Beauty Foundation (BBF), a Johannesburg non-profit organization, the national initiative has grown rapidly in popularity in just under a year of its existence. A not-to-miss for action minded and health conscious personalities, this year’s edition rides on the success of two well attended previous events - the inaugural edition and the second event, both held last year. Says Tam de Vries, Blossom Beauty Foundation founder: “This is our national walk, No one should miss it. We are bringing it to Mamelodi for the first time starting from 10am to 2pm the same day.” We encourage every walkers give minimum donation of R20 – which goes towards giving health to the younger generation. De Vries explained that the Pretoria event will give back to one high school in Mamelodi West - any sport kit of their choice and the hospice in Mamelodi East. Though She Walks is themed and styled for women, participation is open to everyone in support of women and the youth. Walking for She Walks – it’s for a good cause and invited are groups such as schools, youth organizations, athletics clubs, cultural and sporting bodies, development NGOs, private companies, media and other organizations. Readiness: Walkers will find ready a clear and well marked route. A hydration plan powered by Coca Cola for participants includes drinks and water provided at starting . . .
The Casual Day project team has challenged all fun-loving South Africans to participate in Mandela Day by raising funds for 67 stickers in 67 minutes on 18 July, 2013 – and while they are at it, to make every day Mandela Day. The over-arching objective of Mandela Day is to inspire individuals to take action to help change the world for the better – this is what Casual Day beneficiary organisations will be doing on Friday 6 September 2013, but it is never too early to start planning to dress up in the 2013 theme, which is GO BIG! “Mandela Day and Casual Day have this in common: both projects aim to empower communities everywhere. Casual Day seeks to be instrumental in seeing persons with disabilities being included fully in society as interdependent contributors to a better society,” says Casual Day project leader Celeste Vinassa. “Take action; inspire change; make every day a Mandela Day.” This is the call to action of Mandela Day and individuals and organisations are free to participate in Mandela Day as they wish. Whether as an individual, community, business, non-governmental organisation (NGO) or a government department, all you have to do on July 18 is donate 67 minutes of your day to doing something good in any way you can. Nelson Mandela gave 67 years of his life to the struggle for social justice. Can you spare 67 minutes of yours to make Casual Day a success? “This is why we are asking all South Africans to make a special effort to donate their R10 for a Casual Day sticker in honour of Nelson Mandela,” says Vinassa. Casual Day is the flagship project of the National Council for Persons with Physical Disabilities (NCPPDSA), a public benefit organisation mandated to improve education, accessibility and social inclusion for persons with disabilities. Last year Casual Day raised a record amount of R22.2 million. Casual Day is in its 19th successful year of service to the community of persons with disabilities. “This year we aim to make a big, if . . .
Come one, come all – to the grandest Casual Day of all. Join the party parade – like you’re ten feet tall! It’s never too early to start planning your Casual Day campaign. The date is Friday 6 September. Put this in your diaries and start putting together a big outfit. Because the theme for 2013 is Go Big. The organisers have announced a that this year they are pulling out all the stops to create a Casual Day that is bigger and better than ever, inviting all companies, government departments, schools and organisations, to join in the fun, because Casual Day puts the fun into fundraising. Casual Day is the flagship project of the National Council for Persons with Physical Disabilities (NCPPDSA), a public benefit organisation mandated to improve education, accessibility and social inclusion for persons with disabilities. Last year Casual Day raised a record amount of R22.2 million. “This year we aim to make a big, if not massive, impact with our Go Big campaign - so whether you wear big hair, big glasses, a big tie, big shoes, or just go big on the number of stickers you wear, anything goes, as long as it’s big. Funds are raised R10 at a time and a tremendous effort goes in, throughout the year, to do fundraising in this way. Not only do the beneficiaries have the immediate benefit of the money they raise, but their donations also help other organisations for person with disabilities all over the country,” says Casual Day project leader Celeste Vinassa. Partner organisations and companies who bulk order their stickers, shirts, caps and marketing collateral should consult the Casual Day website www.casualday.co.za - to see what is in store for them this year. It is time to put in your orders by filling in the forms on the website and making sure the office has your form. Casual Day 2013 takes place in continued partnership with its main beneficiaries and 300 participating organisations dedicated to advancing the rights of and rendering services for . . .
Most people who are not wealthy are forced to navigate their way through the civil legal system alone, too often with negative consequences. This is true for financial reasons but also because persons who cannot afford a lawyer may not even know that they have legal rights or how to get legal assistance. LegalAidServices.co.za provides its readers with free legal knowledge ranging from civil, labour and criminal matters, to information about acts and laws, to help the general public know their rights. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 27, 2013 – Johannesburg, South Africa – LegalAidServices.co.za - a brand new website just launched to provide its readers free and easy-to-understand, frequently updated information about the laws in South Africa, their legal rights and their options for legal assistance. According to a report by Statistics South Africa entitled “Monthly Earnings of South Africans 2010”, 60% of the population earns under R2800 on average a month, 25% of the population earns an average of R6500 a month and only 20% of the population earn an average of R12000 and above. Therefore legal needs can impose substantial financial burdens onto the low and medium income group in South Africa. In criminal cases, a defendant facing the risk of incarceration is entitled to an attorney even if he or she cannot afford one. In most civil cases, however, a person is not entitled to an attorney, even though civil legal proceedings can affect things we hold - custody of our children, our physical safety, our ability to work and need for shelter, just to name a few. The LegalAidServices.co.za website aims to make the South African legal system more accessible to the general public. With the high cost Attorney fees and people struggling to make their lives in a volatile economy, LegalAidServices.co.za is definitely a tool for people to research relevant legal information and understand their legal rights in South Africa. In offering this service, the goal is . . .
The Twitter Blanket Drive (TBD) is a uniquely South African, community-driven response to the needs of the poor during the winter months of the year. Initiated in 2010 by Founder, Melanie Minnaar, the Twitter Blanket Drive started with a single tweet: What if each person on Twitter donated a blanket? Since then, the Twitter Blanket Drive movement has grown exponentially. In 2012, 13 000 blankets were collected by the Twitter Blanket Drive and donated to organisations who assist the needy, homeless and indigent. Events take on the form of a “Tweetup”, whereby Twitter users tweet about donating their blankets and all enjoy a meal or drink at the collection point. For 2013, events will be held across the country on 25 May (and on 26 May in some regions). Johannesburg - Protea Hotel Fire and Ice, Melrose Arch Durban - Wakaberry, Durban North - Shop 3, 41 MacKeurtan Avenue, Durban North Cape Town - Protea Hotel Fire and Ice, Tamboerskloof How can you help? 1. Attend a Twitter Blanket Drive event in your town. 2. Make a cash donation to the Twitter Blanket Drive, at the event. Donated funds will be used to purchase more blankets. 3. Like Twitter Blanket Drive on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TBDZA 4. Follow Twitter Blanket Drive on Twitter: https://twitter.com/tbdza or https://www.twitter.com/TBDAfrica and use the hashtag #TBD2013 5. Help with the transport of the blankets from events to beneficiary organisations. 6. Corporate sponsorship packages are available. The Twitter Blanket Drive attracts a lot of national attention on social media channels during the run-up to the event, and your organization will be highlighted on the TBD social media channels and website. Contact - Cape Town: Merentia van der Vent - via Twitter @merentia | Durban: Fred Felton via Twitter @fredfelton | Johannesburg: Jodene Shaer via Twitter @Jodenecoza URL: http://www.tbdafrica.co.za Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/tbdza Facebook: . . .